The United States Army Burial and Mortuary enlisted specialist serve with pride in a job that requires tact, diplomacy and sensitivity. The Army Mortuary Affairs specialist is responsible for duties that relate to military personnel who are deceased, from whatever cause. The Army Mortuary Affairs and Burial Specialists serve in the Army to deal with duties that relate to military Servicemembers who have passed away, and deceased military Army personnel, to include collection, recovery, transportation, evacuation and initial tentative identification of deceased personnel. This is not a job for everyone, it takes a special breed of soldier to be able to perform as an Army Mortuary and Burial enlisted specialist. A person needs to be able to deal with seeing death on a repeated basis.
Service as a US Army Burial Specialist and Army Mortuary Affairs Servicemember you will work to evacuate, move, inventory, and safeguard the personal belongings and the personal effects of deceased military Servicemembers. You will also be tasked to serve during your career possibly as a member of the elite identification and recovery mortuary specialists at the U.S. Central Command Identification Laboratory in Hawaii. This is a very important and vital job, one that means a great deal to the surviving family members of Army and US Military Servicemembers who have given their lives in service to their country. Some of the duties that a person serving in the Mortuary and Burial specialty will have include; recording the location of remains recovery on maps, charts or sketches, transporting the personal effects and remains of military personnel to collection points, recording fingerprints and dental impressions for remains identification, helping to decontaminate human remains that have had biological, chemical or nuclear contamination from an outside sources, evacuating and removing remains found to standard collection and storage facilities, and finally conducting searches for the personal effects and identification for deceased Servicemembers. All of these are some of the duties that a Mortuary and Burial enlisted US Army Specialist will encounter during their military career.
You will advise senior commanders on base and in the field on various burial and mortuary affairs, and work to ensure that the deceased personal effects are inventoried, recovered and secured. You will also work to handle and process of human remains, assisting in the recovery, search and processing of human U.S. Armed forces remains. As you rise in rank you will assume more responsibility including helping train junior mortuary team members.